Thursday, May 26, 2016

Louisa’s album, and other memories of an ancient house

Louisa Boscowen Goldsmid’s album is a threadbare scrapbook with a stained fabric cover. Inside it are a set of watercolours. Louisa spent time at Notting Hill House, which belonged to her grandfather, with her three children in 1817 and 1818 and painted a number of exteriors and interiors. The pictures are noteworthy because they depict the interior of the house as fully furnished and inhabited (which doesn’t always happen in pictures of late 18th/ early 19th century interiors).

More: The Library Time Machine

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